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Great local in Frankfurt

I am going to be in Frankfurt at a trade show this weekend and I am looking for somewhere good to eat. Nothing too fancy of too full with people who are in town for the show n expense accounts. I am looking for a good local restaurant that serves authentic German food. Is there a beer hall with great bratwurst? or a pub with great schnitzel?

Thanks

Feb 11, 2013
Kooper in Europe

Kitchen Stores in Hong Kong

I love to cook and I work as a designer in the kitchen gadget, appliance and BBQ industry. I want to find new items that are currently selling at stores that I may not find meeting my vendors.

My request for Sur La Table and WS are mostly because they are the stores I love here in North America. Basically I am looking for the best places to buy kitchen gadgets, cookware, bakeware and BBQ tools.

I am meeting suppliers in their show rooms but you tend to get the things they want you to see not the things I want to see.

I want to be inspired.

Jan 25, 2013
Kooper in China & Southeast Asia

Kitchen Stores in Hong Kong

I am going t be in Hong Kong for a week and I would like to go to the best kitchen stores. I am looking for both an equivalent of Sur La Table or William-Sonoma and a great local market.

Thanks

Jan 24, 2013
Kooper in China & Southeast Asia

New to Greenwood

It is all relative in this area. As you have said there isn't much near Greenwood and Danforth YET. I am hopefull that he area is getting better. When I moved here a few years back there was almost nothing.

Sep 14, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New to Greenwood

Hey welcome to the neighbourhood.

Coffe Places - Red Rocket Cafe on the Danforth on the second block east of Greenwood.

Nice Bakeries - Patisserie la Cignone has amazing French pastries on the corner of Danforth at Monarch Park. (2 blocks east of Greenwood).

Butcher - Jerry's when you are there ask for Kevin. He has never steered me wrong he knows his cuts of meat, his BBQ and how to prepare it. On the second block east of Greenwood.

Cheap and Cheerful - There are some of each but not many of both. (sorry I sound like a 'foodie') there used to be a really good local but they closed about a year ago and I still miss them.

Sandwich palces, umm not really.

Splurgey places - Morgans. They replaced my old local and do a pretty good job of the splurgy food. Their fried chicken is amazing and so are their burgers and pastas. Ask for Anthony he is the scottish bartender and will look after you.

Ethiopian - try Dukem just west of Donlands on the Danforth. There are a number of good reviews.

Sep 10, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Bourbon

Hello,
I am going to be in Chicago for a weekend and I am looking to pick up some nice Bourbon. Coming from Toronto Canada our selection is limited and taxes are high. How are liquor sales handled in Illinois? Is there a store that has a good selection or are there State stores that carry about the same thing? Here in Ontario our liquor stores are run by the province so they all have pretty much the same assortment, Maker's Mark, Wild Turkey, Bullet...

Does anyone have any suggestions for a brand to pick up?

Aug 24, 2012
Kooper in Chicago Area

Highway 61 Closing

I have been there a couple of times and found the food good (not great but good) and the staff friendly. I am sad to see it close. If we lived closer it would have been our local because for 14$ form meat and a side was quite a good deal.

What makes me sick here is that glee that some people seem to find when a place they don't like closes. If you don't like it don't go. I don't understand why people keep going back to restaurants they don't like or hold a grudge against one bad meal or bad service that one time they went on a busy night. We are blessed to live in a city with hundreds or restaurants of every style, price and quality.

Jun 23, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Logs for BBQ smoking?

Have you tried Ontario Gas BBQ? They have a whole room with wood, chips and charcoal.

http://bbqs.com/

If you love to grill/smoke the store is worth the trip up to visit. They have EVERYTHING you could possibly want to use.

Jun 07, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Sauce" on the Danforth

I agree. We ate there a lot and rarely had anything that wasn't good. The specials were usually the best things to eat because the chefs had the freedom to make what they wanted. there was one chef that used to make cured meat specials. Always my favorites.

Jun 01, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Sauce" on the Danforth

Yeah because we used to be able to eat dinner with drinks for about 35-40$. Entrees at Taps used to be between 13-20$ so 2 entrees and 2 beers would be about 35-40 depending on what we had. Now entrees start at 18 unless you want a burger which is still 14$. Pricy for a regular meal out. We used to go once or twice a week and now we have been three times since they opened in November.

May 29, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New PC Insider's Report

mmm handfull of berries. I am sold. Oooh or mini pies.

May 28, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New PC Insider's Report

I bought the plants for the Bumble Berry Pie (2x Blackberry plants, 1 Raspeberry bush, 3x blue berry plants). They all seem to have taken well and are growing nicely. I will report on the results in August.

May 27, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Berard Olivewood Ladle

The parent Company of Berard is located in Toronto. Give them a call to see where you can buy one in the GTA. You likely won't be able to buy one from Browne directly because they are a distributor.

http://www.browneco.com/retail.html

May 23, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buying Food Machines from China

I used to work for a major canadian retailer developing and buying kitchen appliances. I can tell you that the appliance/cookware/gadgets is only as reliable as the NORTH AMERICAN/EUROPEAN company that is buying it. There are loads of poor quality things coming out of China but it is the brand (Kitchen Aid, Cuisinart) or retailer (Macy's, William Sonoma) that decides what they buy and how rigoursly they are going to test it.

Whether it is the brand or the retailer buying it they set the testing standards and ensure the product meets THEIR quality. The minimum level should be the required Canadian/American/European standards. National standards usually only test for safety and minimum performance and don't go into detail for how long the coffee machine or slow cooker will last. Certain companies likely have higher standards which will get you a coffee maker that brews hotter, or a slow cooker that holds a more even temperature or an espresso machine that gets to a higher pressure.

If you are really concerned call the customer service line and ask what their testing standards are and what their policy is for recalls. They likely won't tell you the exact standards but you can get an idea.

It is great to blame China but in the end it is up to the brands and retailers to make the smart decisions about the quality of product they are buying.

May 12, 2012
Kooper in Cookware

ISO Watermelon Seedlings

Hey,
I am planting my garden this weekend and I am looking for watermelon seedlings. Ideally plants that will grow smaller water melons. Does anyone know of a garden center in east Toronto that has them? Home Depot, Loblaws and the Big Carrot have so far been a bust.

Thanks for your help.

May 11, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Sauce" on the Danforth

I walked by the store front today. It is going to be at 1376 Danforth the former location of Classy Nails. They are working on the restaurant now but no hints of anything beyond a LCBO license application and a poster of bartender in the window.

May 09, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Sauce" on the Danforth

Where is "Steps from Greenwood subway station"? That is a bit relative.

Since Taps and Tales left we are without a good local. Morgans is nice but too expensive for a regular hang out.

May 07, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Morgans on Danforth

It is too bad because Taps and Tales was full all the time. We have been a couple of times and it was never as full as it used to be. I agree with some of the other comments. It is just a bit too expensive to be a regular place to go.

Mar 19, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is My Cookware Toxic?

The magnet test doesn't always tell the whole story anymore. 'Stainless Steel' used to be 18/10 which won't stick to a magnet. Now 18/10 is used mostly on higher priced cookware. It may be given that this is a cheaper pot that it is 18/0 which is weakly magnetic.

Mar 15, 2012
Kooper in Cookware

Morgans on Danforth

My wife and I used to be regulars at the bar that existed before Taps and Tales. We have been to Morgans a couple of times and yes the food is good but it is too expensive to be a regular hang out. The beer selection is good and the food is pretty good and varied. I have tried the wild boar pasta and it was really good. I cal also vouch for the burger, good and tasty. What is missing from the menu is anything healthy. There are few salads or anything without red meat. If you are a local it is worth a visit for dinner.

Mar 05, 2012
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2011 Food and Resto CLOSINGS

Some of the staff we got to know really well over the year's won't be back and fear of the unknown. Taps is at the top of my price range to be "The Local". If dinner items go up much more then it will be a "now and then restaurant" rather than a frequent night out or quick dinner when we don't want to cook.

Oct 31, 2011
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2011 Food and Resto CLOSINGS

Taps and Tales on the Danforth is closing because the owner is selling the business. It is being bought by the owners of Hot House and according to the staff at Taps it will either be much the same as the current bar or it will be more upscale. That stretch of the Danforth from Greenwood to Woodbine could do with a couple of nicer restaurants but I am going to miss my local!

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Hot House
35 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1T3, CA

Oct 31, 2011
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

How do you store/archive your recipes?

I used to bookmark them and cook using my laptop. I hated the fact that I had to touch the computer while cooking. If you are making chicken, or your hands are covered in cake batter the last thing I want to do is touch a laptop. In the end I copied them all from my laptop and printed out a binder with all my best recipes.

Oct 17, 2011
Kooper in Home Cooking

President's Choice Black Label

Some stores have a special black label display. My store on Redway off Laird has the displayer by the fresh baked goods next to the deli.

Oct 13, 2011
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Current thoughts on Prince Edward County?

I have read all the recommendations on the various threads and all the recommended places have entrees in the mid to high 20s. I was hoping for something in the $15-20 range. We are going to go to one nice fancy dinner but need to be economical for the second. As for style of food we are adventurous and don't have much in the way dislikes.

Sep 01, 2011
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Current thoughts on Prince Edward County?

Does anyone have any suggestions for an affordable place to eat. We have a 5 month old and we would like somewhere that will let us bring our little one. She is a good sleeper so don't worry.

Sep 01, 2011
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

midnight wifi cafe near Greenwood, dinner near Avenue Rd x Lawrence and Cherry St, lunch near Finch x McCowan

If you are looking for a coffee shop near greenwood and Danforth the other place to try is Taps and Tales. Yes it is a pub but they have free wifi. It is my local the staffis great.

Aug 24, 2011
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

South African visiting Toronto on Friday - need authentic Canadian food experience

Good for on the way home after a long night. Smoke Poutinerie or Poutini's are your best choices for a late night snack. There are few iconically Canadian foods but Poutine is one of them.

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Poutini
1112 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Aug 23, 2011
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Juniper berries?

Either in the sun on a baking sheet in the sun, in a food dehydrator or in the oven.

If you are drying things in the oven be patient. It should be set to 90F and could take 4-8 hours depending on what you are drying. If your oven doesn't go that low set your oven to the lowest setting and prop it open with a wood or metal spoon. Be careful. It check on it frequently.

This time of year it seems crazy to use the oven when the AC is going as well. I am going to use the sun or pick up a dehydrator so I am not using my oven to heat my whole house, while running the AC to cool the house. It seems like a waste of energy and money to dry 3$ in spice.

Aug 23, 2011
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Juniper berries?

Spice Trader at 877 Queen Street West (Just west of Strachan) has them and you can buy them online if you don't want to travel downtown. You should though, the store is worth a visit.

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Spice Trader
805 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Aug 23, 2011
Kooper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)